Tomb of the Eagles

sights / Historic

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South Ronaldsay , United Kingdom
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+44 1865 831339
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adult/child £6.80/2
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Apr-Oct, 10am-noon Mar, by arrangement Nov-Feb
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Lonely Planet review

Near Burwick, this is the result of a local farmer finding two significant archaeological sites on his land. The first is a Bronze Age stone building with a firepit, indoor well, and plenty of seating; a communal cooking site or the original Orkney pub? Beyond, in a spectacular clifftop position, the Neolithic tomb (wheel yourself in prone on a trolley) is an elaborate stone construction which held the remains of up to 340 people who died some five millennia ago. Before you head out to the sites, an excellent personal explanation is given to you at the visitor centre; you meet a few spooky skulls and can handle some of the artefacts found. It's about a mile's airy walk to the tomb from the centre.